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A 'quarter' can replace '15 minutes'. It can be used with 'to' or 'past' depending on its situation. Ex: It's a quarter to 5 ( 4:45 ). It's a quarter past 5 (5:15).

its half past 8, you can tell half past 8 in English if you want to say 8:30

When you tell the time in English, the hours always come first. If you look at the clock and see that it is 3:00 p.m., then you can say “It is three” or “The time is three o'clock.” It is that simple! Remember that when you are talking about just the hour, and no minutes, then you will often use “o'clock.”

  • Lowercase a.m. and p.m. and always use periods.
  • Lowercase noon and midnight.
  • Do not use 12 noon or 12 midnight (redundant). Use noon or midnight.
  • Do not use 12 p.m. or 12 a.m. Use noon or midnight.
  • Do not use 8 a.m. in the morning (redundant) Use 8 a.m.
  • Do not use o'clock with a.m. or p.m.

The use of the word "o'clock" is a throwback to a time when clocks were less common and people told time in a variety of ways, depending on where they were and what references were available.

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